Stage 1


In Stage 1 your child will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. They will also develop confidence and be introduced to movement sequences in the water for a distance of 5 metres with/without aids, equipment or support.

  1. Enter the water safely.
  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  5. Scoop the water and wash the face.
  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead.
  7. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing.
  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing.
  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall, without flotation aids.
  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall, without flotation aids.
  11. Give examples of two pool rules.
  12. Exit the water safely.

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